Nuclear medicine is a fascinating application of nuclear physicsthe first ten chapters of this wikibook are intended to support a basic introductory course in an early semester of an undergraduate program. Nuclear medicine is a fascinating application of nuclear physics this wikibook is intended to support a basic introductory course in an early semester of an undergraduate program. Nuclear medicine examinations provide unique information including details on both function and anatomic structure of the body that is often unattainable using other imaging procedures for many diseases nuclear medicine scans yield the most useful information needed to make a diagnosis or to determine appropriate treatment if any. This article will describe the physical principles behind the basic techniques of nm imaging and will then go on to demonstrate some of the main clinical applications of nm as applied to orthopaedic practice the physics of nuclear medicine nm imaging common isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. This course offers a basic introduction into the principles and practice of nuclear medicine the course aims at professionals in the field of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy who have little or no knowledge about the discipline of nuclear medicine
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